There are no more excuses to be made for Mark Ingram. In the Bucs game, he had seven carries for 21 yards. That's three yards per carry. He also had a 10-yard run in that same game, so if you subtract that, you get six carries for 11 yards.
That is not what you expect from a first rounder. I know that he's a rhythm runner and that the Saints don't use him correctly, but when you see Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles have runs of at least five yards on the same drive when Ingram is getting two yards is pathetic.
It looks like the offensive line blocks just a little better when he's not in the game. (Not a fact, just an observation.)
Thomas and Sproles also add something in the passing game. They each have their signature routes; Thomas with a screen, and Sproles with his "Texas" and "whip" routes. Point is, those two also add another element out of the backfield.
Don't forget Chris Ivory. The Tiffin product has been a healthy scratch for five out of six games, and in the other one he never saw the field. I'm not saying that Ivory would be a vast improvement over Ingram, but if he's not getting traded, you might as well see what you have, right?
Jed Collins has been his usual quiet and productive self. Nothing more to report on him.